Khera proposed grading criteria for "financial toxicity" associated with healthcare. The author is from the Mayo Clini in Phoenix, Arizona.
use of charity grant or other fund to meet costs
loss of employment
need to access financial accounts (savings, retirement, investments)
use home to help cover costs
mortgage or refinance
unable to pay for necessities (food, utilities)
need to stop therapy because of cost
consider suicide because of burden of care
• Lifestyle modifications may include delay of a major purchase, reduced spending on vacation, cutting costs on leisture time activities, etc.
• A person who lives an extravagant lifestyle may encounter a higher grade of "toxicity" than someone who is more frugal and prepared.
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